Friday, February 26, 2010

Protect Your Eyes From the Elements with Cocoons Polarized Sunwear

As February, Prevent Blindness America’s Low Vision Awareness Month comes to a close, we highlight eyewear designed for those who wear prescription eyeglasses.

The Cocoons Mini Slim MS model is part of the Live Eyewear family of OveRx specialty sunwear. OveRx sunglasses are designed to be worn over prescription eyewear, completely isolating the eyes from the elements, allowing them to remain relaxed and focused.

Featuring Polare polarized scratch resistant lenses, Cocoons will eliminate harsh glare and block 100% of harmful UV rays. Package includes a custom soft neoprene case and large lens cloth. Wear over prescription frames not exceeding 126mm wide x 36mm high (4-7/8” x 1-3/8”). Item #252415. Cost: $44.95

Visually Impaired Canadian Skier Competes in Olympics

Brian McKeever is living his dream competing in the Olympics. The visually impaired Canadian cross-country skier says that the key to achieving great things is finding something that you have fun doing.

Winter Storm Doesn’t ‘Freeze’ MaxiAids’ Service

MaxiAids is here to serve you… even though the snow plows didn’t make it! Amid driving snow and accumulations expected to be upwards of 18 inches, MaxiAids Products for Independent Living remains open for those in the special needs communities.

Long Island is currently getting nailed with its second major snowstorm in the past weeks. But despite the fact that snow plows hadn’t yet made it to many areas (including the employee parking lot), MaxiAids’ staff this morning braved icy roads covered by as much as a foot of snow and made their way into work.

“We know that those with special needs depend upon us for the items they need to go about their daily lives,” says MaxiAids’ founder and president Elliot Zaretsky, “and we take that responsibility very seriously. We want everyone to know that we’re here for them.”

The above photo shows how MaxiAids’ Farmingdale, NY corporate office and call center looked this morning as employees began to arrive to work.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Watch TV While Lying Down... Without Neck Strain

Reizen Prism Bed Spectacles allow you watch television or read while lying down in bed without neck strain. The lenses are prisms that change the normal line of sight without any distortion. Just lay down in bed, put on the bed spectacles and you’ll be able to view the book or TV screen as though it was directly in front of you. They're great for the bedridden, those in the hospital or anyone who enjoys watching TV while lying in bed, and can even be worn over prescription eyeglasses.

Reizen Prism Bed Spectacles come in a 2-tone brown tortoise shell pattern. Dimensions: 5-3/8” x 1-1/4”. Includes carry case with Velcro closure and belt loop. The cost is $27.25 a pair and they are only available at MaxiAids. (item #950002)

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Next Generation Perkins Brailler: Consistent Reliable Brailling in a Lightweight, Stylish Design

Write high quality Braille with less effort! The Next Generation Perkins Brailler creates consistent, superior quality Braille. It takes the functionality and reliability you’ve come to expect from previous Perkins Braillers and adds convenience features that make it even easier to use and take with you.

Easier to hold and carry, and 25 % lighter than the Classic Perkins Brailler, the new model is quieter, with reduced keystroke noise and an audible, but muted end-of-line bell. Its Gentle Touch Keys require less force to strike, plus keys are lower and easier to reach.

The Next Generation Perkins Brailler is available in your choice of 2 colors: midnight blue (item #22010) and raspberry red (22010R). For more information about Perkins Brailler or other products for the blind and visually impaired, click on one of the colors in the last sentence, go to, or call to speak to a MaxiAids customer service representative at 1-800-522-6294.

Monday, February 8, 2010

MaxiAids Hosts Blind and Deaf Students for Vocational Training Program

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living ( is happy to be running a vocational training program at their Farmingdale, NY facility. The participants are blind and deaf students from Helen Keller Services for the Blind in Sands Point, NY. The program gives the children the opportunity to learn a skill and to experience the operation of a real business.

The MaxiAids facility serves as the company’s executive offices, customer service center, and distribution center, shipping product all over the world. They manufacture and distribute a wide range of items: from Braille watches for the blind to alerting devices for the deaf – from magnifiers for those with low vision (including macular degeneration) to amplified telephones for the hard of hearing – from easy-grip utensils for the arthritic to blood glucose meters for diabetics.

The kids get to see the whole business in action and meet some of the blind and deaf individuals who are among the MaxiAids workforce. They also participate in the assembly of products that ultimately go to children like themselves (or adults) who have a special need.

Friday, February 5, 2010

February is AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration)/Low Vision Awareness Month

Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting 1.6 million Americans age 50 and older, according to Prevent Blindness America. The month of February has been designated AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month to help bring attention to AMD (Age-related macular degeneration.)

For those affected by macular degeneration and other low vision conditions, there are numerous solutions available. MaxiAids has a large variety of products that can help those experiencing vision loss continue to live active, independent and enjoyable lives.

Handheld, stand and electronic magnifiers bring newspapers, magazines, favorite books and family photos into focus again. Screen reading and magnification software improves efficiency and makes surfing the web fun again. Low vision lamps provide natural lighting that reduces glare and enhances contrast for optimal reading and writing comfort.

Big button phones and calculators make it easy to keep in touch and take the strain out of simple tasks at home or in the office. Talking clocks and low vision watches make waking up and keeping on schedule a breeze.

Whether you have macular degeneration or another condition resulting in vision loss, or are looking to assist a friend or family member with low vision, we encourage you to click on one of the above links, visit or call 1-800-522-6294 to see how we can help.